WhatsApp has announced a major change to its interface for Android, which will now look much more like the iOS app. The move puts an end to years of variation between the two operating systems, to offer users a more seamless and intuitive experience.
From tabs to buttons
Until now, the Android version of WhatsApp had a series of tabs at the top of the screen to access the different sections. But with the new interface, these tabs will be replaced by buttons located at the bottom, just like on iOS. This redesign will allow for easier one-handed use of the app and will offer a cleaner design.
No more swiping
With the current version of Android, users could change sections by swiping their finger. This feature will now be replaced by buttons. While some users may be disappointed with the disappearance of swiping, it will simplify navigation for new users.
Chats blocked at top and archived at bottom
Another new feature of this interface is the location of blocked chats. They will now appear at the top of the chat section, but only if the user pulls down, as if to reload the page. Archived chats, on the other hand, will be relegated to the end of the list. This change clarifies the order of conversations and makes it easier to access blocked chats.
This new interface is currently being tested and is available to users of the beta version of WhatsApp. It should be rolled out to all users in the near future. The design change will provide a better user experience for the millions of WhatsApp users around the world.
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